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Healthful Homemade Dark Chocolate

March 1, 2015 |  by  |  Recipes, Sweet Treats

I love chocolate. I do. Pastries, cookies, and cake I can easily forego but put a piece of dark chocolate in front of me and all bets are off. When I say I love chocolate I’m talking about really good chocolate especially homemade with lots of added nutritional goodies which is why I started making my own.

Botanical name: Theobroma Cacao

When buying cacao or cocoa always make sure to buy fair-trade organic. There is a lot of child labor that goes on in the cocoa industry and that’s the last thing you want to support. Traditionally the beans were fermented and then lightly roasted like Kiva Gourmet. While I don’t consider cacao to be a super food it does have  plenty of health benefits such as antioxidants and flavonoids plus the ability to release endorphins that more than justify an indulgence here and there.

Chocolates are so easy and fun to make and they make for really special gifts so grab some ingredients and give it a go!


Homemade Dark Chocolate
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This is a recipe for basic chocolate that can be used for making many desserts and treats.
Recipe type: Sweets
  • 1 cup cocao butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • ½ cup raw honey or to taste or 1 cup date sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Optional add ins: sea salt, cocao nibs, dried berries, green powder, maca powder, nuts and seeds, probiotic powder, protein powder, gelatin, cayenne pepper, cardamom.
  1. Slowly melt cocao butter in a double boiler or a glass bowl. I use my glass measuring cup in a small saucepan with water.
  2. When cocoa butter is completely melted, remove from heat and add cacao powder and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add in all other ingredients and mix until smooth.
  4. This is your basic chocolate.
  5. Add any other optional ingredients
  6. Pour the chocolate into molds or onto a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper.
  7. Once cooled you place in the refrigerator to harden completely.
Cacao butter will allow your chocolate to stay more solid at room temperature than coconut oil.



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  1. This recipe looks fantastic. Two questions: 1) where do you get your cacao butter? and 2) does using date sugar give the finished product a grainy texture?

  2. Laureen Wallravin

    Hi Lynn,

    Just realized this was never responded to! I order my cacao butter from Amazon. I like the Sunfood brand. And, yes date sugar will give your chocolate a bit of a grainy texture. I actually kind of like it :).

  3. WOW! I am so happy to have found your website. I’m on a diet very simalir to the Paleo diet for stomach illness, and I miss the treats. Thank you so much for posting these recipes! I can’t wait to try them!

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